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Cumbrian hospitals hit targets for scan waiting times

Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary Photo: ITV Border

The health trust that runs hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven has hit national targets for scan waiting times.

North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust (NCUH) says for the first time in almost three years it has ensured more than 99 per cent of patients waiting for diagnostic procedures such as scans have been seen within the six-week target.

Latest figures from July 2016 show that for various diagnostic testing, including MRI, CT and ultrasound scans, 4,483 patients were on waiting lists for less than six weeks. Only 0.4 per cent of patients had to wait longer – well within the one per cent national target.

For CT scans, cystoscopies, gastroscopies and MRI scans in particular, 100 per cent of patients were seen within the six-week target which means NCUH provides the best access possible for these patients.

“The teams have worked extremely hard to change the way we provide these services and it is fantastic to see this hard work leading to such excellent improvements.

"We understand that it can be worrying and frustrating to be on a waiting list for a procedure, and it’s very reassuring to know that so many patients have been seen in a timely manner.”

– Helen Ray, NCHU chief operating officer